My book is published!
I never thought the day would come that I would actually publish a book. It was always my dream growing up to be a writer; to be part of the publishing industry and be surrounded by the books I love so much.
This book was going to be market research for a marketing system my company was building for indie authors. With my husband's encouragement, I decided on a whim to write it and get a first hand experience for what its like to be an author in this quickly-evolving publishing world.
I absolutely fell in the love with the process. I wrote late at night and early in the morning before the kids woke up. I would write a few minutes here and there while picking Ariana up from preschool or while Julian napped.
The words just flew onto the pages. I finished it in a few short months, and almost deleted the whole thing. But then I revised it, and rewrote it, and got some feedback and then rewrote it some more. I received some really positive feedback and I also got ripped apart. So I rewrote some more, and finally decided it was time to cut it loose.
I could rewrite this book endlessly, perfecting it and tweaking it over and over again. But at some point, it just needs to be shared. And hopefully enjoyed.
Hitting Publish yesterday was both terrifying and thrilling at the same time. I'm so scared to put my work out there for the world (and least, I hope a small portion of the world) to see and judge.
But I did it. I'm an author.
And now the real work begins. Promoting this book.
I could use your help!
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Thanks to everyone who encouraged me along the way. Steve, for allowing me to take evenings to write. To my bosses Joe and Dwight who supported my side project and helped me publish, to Andrew for working with me on the amazing cover design, to my writing group for support, to my family who encouraged me.
The Ungoverned, by Jaq C. Reed [Book Review]
I like to beta read for other writers when I have time, because of my strong belief in the philosophy "Be the friend you want to have". I've met some really fantastic writers through this process who were willing to share their work with me.
One particular author, who also trusted me to be her proofreader, stood out to me. Author Jaq C. Reed wrote a fantastic sci-fi dystopian book, The Ungoverned.
I loved Jaq's book because she had a theme we can all relate to: Our abuse of the environment will lead to consequences that will reshape our world, possibly for the worst. But while her novel explores the apocalyptic affects of our environmental misuse, it also holds onto hope; hope that it is never too late to change our ways. And that nature is more resilient than we might think.
As soon as I read through her manuscript, I knew her book had great potential. The characters were compelling and I could relate to them. Her dialogue was realistic, and her world wonderfully unique and well-constructed. I loved her original concept of "Code assignment", and how this society blended code with DNA to segregate and monitor its citizens.
Jaq published her novel, and not surprisingly, it recently ranked #53 on Amazon in her genre. If you read dystopian books, I highly recommend you pick up Jaq's book. You won't be disappointed.
Ara is Code Yellow.
In a world of assignment, there is no choice. Ara lives, works, and breathes under the rule of the Governance. It’s a race against time, as every minute is counted down off her clock of life.
The annual cull of the population threatens her friends, family; everyone close to her. Missteps lead to questioning and torture.
She is genetic perfection; the impure of the Nation are cast out and terminated. Mingling with anyone outside of Rank brings with it the possibility of code collision and termination. The Code keeps everyone, including Ara, under complete control of the Governance. Until she becomes unCoded.
From a life of drudgery, Ara unwittingly becomes the face of revolution. With the forbidden love of the Governor’s son and the Cull looming, can she save her friends from torture? Can she save her family from certain death? Can she save herself?
In a world of surveillance, where death is at every turn–
Will she allow herself to be Governed? Or join the ranks– of the few that are—
The creative process in a nutshell...
I found this great quote, which I think describes my experience being a writer perfectly. I wonder if other writers feel this same way?
Some days, I have a writing high and can't stop the ideas from pouring onto paper. I want to share what I've crafted with everyone.
Then the next day, or perhaps an hour later, I'm reading through what I wrote, wanting to delete every word. This is crap. Nobody is going to read this. Worse, they WILL read it. And hate it.
My book proof came in the mail yesterday and I went through a crazy myriad of emotions. It was so thrilling to see my name on the cover, but terror was sending super-charged butterflies fluttering in my stomach.
This just got real. I'm going to actually have to publish this thing now. And let people read it. I need to promote it and ASK people to buy it (gulp).
I'm going to do it. And for a moment, I'll be so excited I feel dizzy with it. Give me a few more minutes and I'll be biting my nails and jiggling my leg. Yikes! I'm thrilled and scared to death at once. Does it get easier?
Wish me luck over the next few days as I work up the nerve to hit Publish. What a journey to publishing it has been.
Share your creative process, what gets you excited, and what keeps you up at night. I love to collect author stories!
Freedom is an old concept...
One that we try to define, explain, and litigate. One of my absolute favorite writers, Voltaire, describes it best in this quote attributed to him from a letter he wrote to M. le Riche.
Small caveat: This precise interpretation of Voltaire was recorded by Evelyn Beatrice Hall, writing under the pseudonym of Stephen G Tallentyre in the book "The Friends of Voltaire" in 1906.
Celebrate freedom, regardless of how you define it. And celebrate America, because all Americans are blessed to live in such a country.
How E.L. James got "evicerated" on Twitter
Twitter is a great medium for authors to promote their books. But as E.L. James--bestselling author of the Grey series--discovered, even the best planned promo can go terribly wrong.
James was scheduled to do a live Q&A session on Twitter using the hashtag #askELJames. What happened was probably a very painful hour for the author, or at least for her adoring fans. The hashtag was hijacked by users criticizing the author for a series they say romanticizes abuse and glorifies rape culture.
Below are just a few examples of the gems tweeted during the hour.
And the aftermath? Emotions are high. The Internet is left debating the rights and wrongs of attacking the author, comparing the tweets to bullying. What do you think?
This isn't the first time a Twitter hashtag promo has gone wrong. McDonald's infamously tried to use a #McDstories hashtag which was humorously hijacked.
What can we learn from this? Consider your promotions carefully, but also roll with the punches. Not everyone is going to like your work, and you are probably going to get negative feedback. And even personal attacks.
In the end, I think E.L James is still the winner. She's worth over $58 million thanks to this contentious trilogy, according to the Guardian, and thanks to this Twitter stunt, the Internet is abuzz with her name. Share your thoughts.